In November 2015, Public Act 173 was signed into law, providing important clarity to the ongoing policy discussions about the direction of educator evaluations in Michigan. Implementing Michigan’s educator evaluation law with fidelity is a key strategy in our efforts to see Michigan become a top ten education state within the next ten years. Educator evaluations are implicitly linked to MDE’s Strategic Goal #3, to “develop, support, and sustain a high-quality, prepared, and collaborative education workforce.”
In June 2016, Public Act 170 was signed into law, specifically stating in Section 1249(8) that a ““teacher” is defined as “an individual who has a valid Michigan teaching certificate or authorization; who is employed, or contracted for, by a school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy; and who is assigned by the school district, intermediate school district, or public school academy to deliver direct instruction to pupils in any of grades K to 12 as a teacher of record.”
- Section 380.1249
Section 380.1249 establishes the requirements for teacher evaluations in the State of Michigan
Educator Evaluation Data Appeals
- Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs)
Student Growth Percentiles (SGPs) represent one powerful way to quantify the learning of individual students over one or more years. Conceptually, SGPs communicate the degree to which a student has learned in a particular domain, compared to a group of academic peers who had a comparable score on the previous test (or multiple previous tests) in that subject.
- Student Learning Objectives (SLOs)
Student Learning Objectives (SLOs) are measurable, long-term, academic goals, informed by available data, that a teacher or teacher team sets at the beginning of the year for all students.
State Approved Observation Tools
PA 173 of 2015 established a list of approved teacher and administrator observation tools, which initially includes the four teacher observation tools and two administrator observation tools recommended by the Michigan Council of Educator Effectiveness in its final report in 2013. The Michigan Department of Education is responsible for the maintenance of the state approved list, including the development of a process by which additional tools may be added to, or existing tools removed from, the list. This process must be established through the administrative rules promulgation process, which is anticipated to be complete by early summer 2017.
- Administrator Observation Tools
- Teacher Observation Tools
- Educator Evaluation for Regional Intermediate School District Staff
The Educator Evaluation Training Grant and the Educator Evaluation Staff Training Grant were authorized in PA 173, effective on November 5, 2015. These grants were awarded to individual Intermediate School Districts (ISDs), as well as a collaborative agreement with the Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators (MAISA) Regions for implementing the training required under section 95a of the State School Aid Act, PA 94 of 1979. The Interim Progress and Financial Report is due September 30, 2016 and the Final Financial Report is due November 30, 2017.
- Educator Evaluation Research and Evaluation Activities Grant
P.A. 85 of 2015, Section 95a and P.A. 84 of 2015, Article VI, Section 115 provides $1,900,000 for a competitive grant to a LEA or ISD to support research and evaluation activities designed to improve the implementation of educator evaluations in Michigan.
- Educator Evaluation Regional ISD Staffing Grant
Section 95a of the FY 2015 State School Aid Act provides $1,800,000 to fund staff in each MAISA region dedicated to providing and coordinating educator evaluation supports within and across regions.
- Educator Evaluation Training Grant
Section 95a of the FY 2015 State School Aid Act provides $12,100,000 to intermediate school districts (ISDs) for required training for teachers, administrators, and other participating educators in local educator evaluation tools to all local education agencies (LEAs) and public school academies (PSAs).